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    At Whitley Stimpson we celebrated our 90th birthday in 2021. It was 1931 when the company first laid its roots in Banbury High Street, and we have flourished to become one of the leading firms in the M40 corridor. Back then, George V was King, Ramsay MacDonald was elected Prime Minister and the second world war was eight years away. As now, it was also a challenging time economically with the country in the grip of the Great Depression.

    Over the years the company has grown significantly but our head office has always been in Banbury moving to our current location at Penrose House, Hightown Road in 1992. Rapid expansion has come more recently through mergers with the Hale Partnership’s auditing, accounting, and taxation division in High Wycombe in 2010, Baxter Payne and Haigh in Bicester in 2014 and Morgan Harris in Witney two years later. As a result, our client base now stretches the country, employing 85 staff and we have been ranked as one of the country’s top accountancy firms for the seventh year running by the prestigious Accountancy Age 50+50 survey.

    A key theme throughout our history has been our commitment to friendly and personal service as well as our dedication to nurturing young talent. Many clients have been retained from their early days as start-ups through to becoming multi-million-pound enterprises. Finance director Martin Anson, who trained with us, has been with the company for more than 35 years, said: “I have seen many changes. When I started, auditing was completed with big lever arched files. Audit schedules were carried out on A3 paper and all test headings had to have a full report attached to it. The report had to be double underlined in red pen, cross referenced, all matters arising cleared and staples had to be at an angle for easy review / turning of the working papers. You had review points for not completing these correctly. Never in my wildest dreams in 1986 would I have thought that in 2021 we would be completing audits electronically and watching a virtual stock take taking place in Hull while I sat in the Banbury boardroom.”

    We are proud of our reputation for promotion from within and recently promoted five staff members to Local Office Directors to provide greater senior support across the firm’s four offices in Banbury, Bicester, High Wycombe, and Witney. Every year we employ trainees including a mix of school leavers and graduates who have the opportunity to qualify with us. Once on-board, you will take advantage of well-established and respected training and development programmes and can look forward to a long and fulfilling career as a Chartered Accountant.

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    • Number of Employees: 85
    • Number of Partners: 7
    • Number of Trainees: 20
    • Opportunities Offered: Graduate Jobs, School Leaver Schemes
    • No. of Graduate Jobs: Varies
    • No. of School Leaver Opportunitites: Varies
    • Disciplines Recruited From: Any
    • UK Office Locations: Banbury, Bicester, High Wycombe and Witney
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